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Coder helps prevent incorrect dates

By Rick Pendrous contact

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Coder helps prevent incorrect dates

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Yorkshire butcher and meat supplier Sykes House Farm has eliminated a problem of incorrect date codes being applied to its products after replacing a manual hand-stamping operation with an RF-Lite offline thermal inkjet coder from Rotech.

Originally, Sykes House Farm hand-stamped date codes onto sleeves destined for retailers. This was not only a time- and labour-intensive process, it was also open to human error.

A date coding error that resulted in a costly product recall was the catalyst for it seeking a more reliable solution for coding sleeves for packs of bacon, sausages and burgers.

‘Remove the margin for human error’

“We wanted to remove the margin for human error with a machine on which the codes are generated via software, while at the same time increasing the speed of the coding operation to keep pace with our growing retail business,” ​says the firm’s md Robert Smith.

Sykes House Farm couldn’t use online inkjet coders because the sleeve designs on each order varies, with the coding area in a different position.

“On bacon, for example, the use-by date tends to be on the back of the pack whereas on sausages it is usually on the front of the pack,”​ says Smith.

The company codes around 4,000 sleeves a week with the RF-Lite, and it says this now takes a fraction of the time it used to take with the manual system.

Contact Rotech Machines​ for more information. 

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